Randy’s Famous BBQ Chicken Thighs

I will preface this recipe with a quick anecdote. In my younger years, when I was still a bachelor, I did not own a stove/oven. I cooked all my meals on a barbecue and/or a hot plate. I had recently bought my first house (740 square feet) and the oven that it came with was so filthy I threw it out! Needless to say, I fixed a lot of BBQ meals and a mean pot of spaghetti! I fixed them 20 some years ago for my then “soon to be wife”, Beth, and we still enjoy them today!! I hope you enjoy them too!!

Randy’s famous BBQ chicken thighs ingredients

  • 1 package of 4 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup teriyaki marinade
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper (or several vigorous shakes)
  • 4 full turns of cracked black pepper from a grinder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
BBQ Chicken marinating


  • In a square Pyrex dish, mix teriyaki with water.
  • Shake in red pepper flakes
  • Place 4 thighs in the mixture.
  • Take two forks and begin tenderizing the thighs by piercing repeatedly,  flip and repeat on other side.
  • Sprinkle with garlic powder and ground black pepper.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes.  Then put in refrigerator overnight
  • In the morning, flip the thighs and re-cover with wrap.  Place back in fridge
  • When you get home from work, remove the thighs from the fridge.
  • Preheat BBQ to 450- 500 degrees
  • When bbq comes to desired temp, place thighs on the grill for 3 minutes  give them a ¼ turn  for grill marks (leave on same side) and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Flip and repeat.

I served this meal with a fresh green salad, Grilled zucchini, and rice. (Serves 2)

Cooking on the BBQ

Ending note:

I like to enjoy a short cocktail when I prepare and cook my meal.  On a nice warm summer evening I like to make a Ramon Margarita!  It’s a simple recipe:

  • Fill a small tumbler glass (halfway) with shaved or crushed ice.
  • Add approximately 3 oz of regular soda water (I use Fred Myer brand lemon lime).
  • Add approximately 1 ½ oz of Repisado Tequila (I recently found a good- yet pretty inexpensive brand Lunazul)
  • Squeeze a ¼ lemon or lime (whichever you prefer)
  • Add a dash of Grand Marnier and stir